Germany has taken a significant step toward widespread adoption of electric vehicles, by requiring fueling stations to offer electric vehicle charging.
The move is part of a group of steps Germany is taking to help cut carbon emissions, including taxing owners of gas-guzzling SUVs and providing a subsidy to electric car buyers.
As Reuters points out, Germany will spend some 2.5 billion euros on charging infrastructure, as well as battery production. This should go a long way toward alleviating concerns drivers have about how easily they’ll be able to charge an electric vehicle.
“We know that 97% of the reason why they’re not buying electric cars is range anxiety,” Diego Biasi, chairman and co-founder in Quercus Real Assets told Reuters. “The German move is a way to try and fix this range anxiety since it means you know a petrol station is always open.”
Hopefully other countries will follow Germany’s example.